Beat the heat: 9 free or cheap splash pads around Jackson

Temps are creeping closer and closer to triple digits as summer presses on. We know you are looking for ways to beat the heat and entertain the kiddos. There are several free or low-cost splash pads in the area for families looking for a fun way to cool off.

Check out our list of where you can find some water play in and around the Jackson area, and don’t forget the sunscreen!

Mississippi Museum of Art Splash Pad
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Mississippi Museum of Art Splash Pad

Cost: Free

Located in the Art Garden at the Mississippi Museum of Art, this splash pad is the perfect way to cool off during the hot Mississippi summer! After the kids wear themselves out in the water, grab a bite to eat at La Brioche at the Museum.

Located in the heart of downtown Jackson, the splash pad is open to the public every day during daylight hours.

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Jackson Zoo Splash Pad
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Jackson Zoo Splash Pad

Cost: Free with Zoo admission

Cool off from the summer heat at the Jackson Zoo’s Splash Pad and lounge area! Kids bring your swimsuits & towels and play all day, or cool off after a trip around the zoo. Visitors receive free admission into the Splash Pad with general zoo admission. The Splash Pad is open from 9 a.m.- 3:30 p.m. Towels and goggles are available for purchase in the gift shop. Footwear MUST be worn by all children at all times, and swim diapers are required for all children under 2 years of age.

*Please note that NO GLASS OR FOOD is allowed in the Splash Pad or lounge area. Livingston Park (City of Jackson) has picnic tables and pavilion for public use on a first come first served basis.

GENERAL ADMISSION

Adults: $10.25

Children 2-12 years: $7.25

Children UNDER 2 years: free

Seniors (65 and over): $9.25

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Mississippi Children's Museum
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Mississippi Children's Museum Splash Pad

Cost: Free with museum admission

Bring a towel, beat the heat, and have a splash at the Mississippi Children’s Museum’s Splash Pad. The splash pad is included with museum admission and is open during museum hours.

Make sure to bring a towel, sunscreen, and water shoes. Water shoes aren’t required but encouraged for safety. The museum also has a full-service café on the entrance floor to fuel your fun as you discover the museum!

GENERAL ADMISSION

Admission: $10 per person
Children Under 1 Year: Free
Members: Unlimited daytime admission with the exception of special ticketed events.

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Market Street Splash Pad
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Market Street Splash Pad

Cost: Free

Need a place to cool off with the kids close to town? Head to the splash pad at Market Street Flowood. Located right outside Berry Berry Good Frozen Yogurt, the splash pad will keep your kids busy for hours. They might even be able to talk you into some frozen yogurt!

The splash pad is open daily during retail hours.

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Shiloh Splash Park
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Shiloh Splash Park

Cost: $5/Children under 1 – Free

A 50-gallon dump bucket, spray rings, ground geysers, butterfly falls, palm trees, water cannons, and a frog slide will keep the kids – and maybe even the adults – cool all summer long!

The Shiloh Splash Park at Shiloh Park in Brandon is open 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Saturday, and 1 p.m. – 6 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $5 a person and kids under 1 are free. Cash and credit cards are accepted.

Participants must wear swimsuit attire. Children wearing diapers are required to wear swim diapers. Snack vending machines and concessions (popsicle products and drinks) are sold.

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Renaissance at Colony Park Splash Pad
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Renaissance at Colony Park Splash Pad

Cost: Free

The splash pad at Renaissance at Colony Park is the happening place to be this summer. Situated in the center of the open-air retail center, the splash pad is open during retail hours of 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday and Saturday and 1-6 p.m. Sunday.

Grab your swimsuit and towel and head to cool place for fun!

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Splashing Frog Water Feature
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Splashing Frog Water Feature

Cost: $2/Free for members

Unplug, get outside, and come play at the Clinton Community Nature Center. Their splashing frog water feature in the Play Forest is fun for kids of all ages. Members can come anytime for free. They ask that non-member visitors pay a $2/person donation. The honor box for donations is located near the building.

The Play Forest is open during normal center hours – 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.

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Flo-town Splash Pad
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Flo-town Splash Pad

Cost: $5 per child

Flo-town USA Splash Pad at Hemphill Park will reopen for the summer on Saturday, June 8. It’s a perfect place for the kids to cool down and burn off some of that summer break energy.

GENERAL ADMISSION

Daily admission: $5.00 per person (admission fee required for all who enter the splash pad, ages 1 and up)

Family Pass for the Day: $17.00 for a family of up to four.

Individual Season Pass: $50.00

Family Season Pass: $125.00 for a family of four (additional members $20.00 per person)

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Gaddis Park Splash Pad
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Gaddis Park Splash Pad

Cost: $5 per child

Head to Gaddis Park in Forest and beat the heat at the splash pad. Gaddis Park is a great place to spend an afternoon. With tennis courts, baseball fields with concessions, batting cages, basketball courts, a playground, a covered pavilion, and restrooms, the kids will never want to leave.

The splash pad is open 1 p.m. – 6 p.m. Tuesday – Saturday. Admission is only $5 per child and that gets them access to all the water fun you could want!

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When you've had all the fun you can at the splash pad, head to any of these tasty snow cone spots for a sweet, frosty treat!